An iPhonecard-counting system recently turned up in a California Indian casino. This new application is causing a lot of fuss, and Nevada gaming regulators have issued a general alert about it, warning Las Vegas casinos about its potential use in gameplay.
That's not the case across the country. In New Jersey, the case of Uston v. Resorts Internation Hotel Inc was decided in the gambler's favor, as the state Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Atlantic City casinos could not bar skilled players. It's different in Las Vegas—they can bully, harass, and back off customers so long as they stay within certain legal boundaries.
So when it comes to Las Vegas, while thinking isn't technically illegal, casinos can and will choose to kick you out when you think too much or too well. But using assistive devices? That is definitely illegal pretty much everywhere, whether you're gaming in NJ, Nevada, or California. In Nevada, you can count in your head all you want, but the second you start using technological assistance, you've crossed a line and are committing a felony.
In Nevada, each casino makes its own rules regarding the policing of electronic devices at gaming tables. Obviously not all devices are used to give players advantages. I'm sure it's nice when you can call the wife on your cell phone and say you'll be a little late returning to the hotel room, for example.
Casinos are well aware of the hazards though. Harrah's Entertainment banned the iPhone at the World Series of Poker shortly after the iPhone debuted. With this latest system exposed and the flexibility and programability of smart-phones on the rise, you can expect more crackdowns on electronic device use near the gaming tables.
Casinos FREAK over iPhone Card Counting App
by Ben at 10:07